Check these out, comrades!
- Twitter user @bibhistctxt continues his series over at his blog on ancient Israelite origins in “Israelite Origins: Late Date Exodus.” The “late date” for the Exodus is sometime during the 13th century BCE, before 1207 and after 1270 or so. I briefly addressed some of the issues involved last year in a post that can be read here. But @bibhistctxt is the master of gathering the evidence and stating his case clearly and concisely. So read him before you read what I read on the topic. I would recommend following him on Twitter and subscribing to his blog.
- For anyone who blogs about the biblical texts and has trouble with transliteration, Logos Bible Software has a free website to help! Over at http://transliterate.com you can insert the biblical text in Hebrew or Greek (say from https://www.academic-bible.com/en/home/) and the site will automatically transliterate it for you, including in the format used by the Society for Biblical Literature! I’m really excited about this…which means everyone else knew about it before I did. Because that is usually how it goes.
- Over at thetorah.com Rabbi Zev Farber (PhD, Emory University) has written a brief but excellent overview of what ancient people like the Israelites believed about light and the luminaries (i.e. the sun, moon, and stars). As anyone familiar with the text of Genesis 1 knows, “Light” is created on the first day and God separates day and night. But on the fourth day God creates the luminaries. What is going on there? Farber explains showing that it all fits in with the pre-scentific worldview of Ancient Near Eastern peoples.
- Reinhard Müller, a biblical scholar and professor at the University of Münster, wrote a section in the 2017 volume The Origins of Yahwism entitled “The Origins of YHWH in the Earliest Psalms.” In it Müller surveys a variety of psalms and points out the various “forms and motifs in these poems that have parallels in Ancient Near Eastern hymns, prayers, and other genres of religious literature” (p. 207). I was familiar with some of these parallels but others I simply had not considered. This is a work I highly recommend.
- The Non-Alchemist has some questions for inerrantists. I would highly recommend those who hold to the doctrine of inerrancy seriously consider these questions.
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